Between all the mud, beer, lack of running water and abundance of sleepless nights, you're unlikely to be looking your best in the festival field, but there are a few little wonders that can help. Here is our edit of hero products to help you pack light and smart, and make the best of a bad lot.
1. Templespa Take A Grip: £4.25, Temple Spa
This “why-has-no-one-thought-of-this-before-it’s-genius” product takes the principle of hand sanitiser and applies it to the whole body. Rub it in like a moisturiser to wick away sweat and mud, leaving a dry, smooth finish, while aloe vera cools and soothes sunburn. A bit of a festival no-brainer.
2. Klorane Oat Milk Dry Shampoo: £4, Escentual
If dry shampoos usually leave you with crispy hair and an itchy scalp after a few days’ use, this one from the French botanical brand is super gentle and softening. It smells fresh and subtle and feels lightweight in your hair; our tester quite happily used it for three days straight with no problems.
3. Mac Modern Twist Kajal Liner in Cat's Meow: £14, Mac Cosmetics
No one has the time (or the tools) to apply a face of make-up at a festival, but an easy smoky eye will see you right through - plus, it has the advantage of improving when you sleep on it. Simple ring your eyes with Mac's Kajal Liner, smudge with your fingertips and you're good to go.
4. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer: £21.50, Nars Cosmetics
When all that dirt, booze and lack of sleep takes it toll on your skin - hello dark circles and random breakouts - this thick, long-lasting concealer will be your best friend. We can't promise radiant, but we can promise that it will hide a multitude of sins.
5. Ole Henriksen The Clean Truth Cleansing Cloths: £6, Feel Unique
Face wipes are no replacement for a proper cleansing routine, but when needs-must, these are the best of the bunch. They remove make-up and dirt without making your eyes water, stripping moisture or leaving sticky residue like baby-wipes often do. They come in a small packet of ten so you will use them all before they dry out.
6. Essie Nail Polish in Luxedo: £7.99, Boots
If anything calls for a return to the black nail polish of our school days (just us?), it's festival season. This dark purple shade is a slightly more grown-up version but still has the grunge effect, plus it stayed chip-free for four days and will do a great job of hiding the grime under your nails.
7. Elemis Pro-Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks: £42.75, John Lewis
Got puffy eyes, a banging head and in desperate need of some TLC? Pop a pair of these eye masks on for 20 minutes for cooled, brightened and calmed eyes and a bit of in-tent pampering. They're pricey, but you get six pairs for your money so they'll see you through Christmas party season as well as the festival circuit.
8. Dr Paw Paw Balm: £7, Topshop
Paw Paw ointment is one of the best Aussie beauty imports (along with Aesop and Jurlique). This multi-talented balm works wonders on chapped lips, dry skin, cuts, insect bites, sunburn, heat rash and battered cuticles. A great all-rounder when you're packing light.
9. Laura Mercier Colour Dots Lip & Cheek Sheers: £25, Space NK
Add a bit of rosy colour to a grey, tired complexion by patting this clever stick colour over cheeks and lips with your fingertips. The colour is sheer, buildable and really easy to blend so you can do it sans mirror without worrying about looking like you’ve drawn on your face in crayon. A great addition to your make-up bag long after the mud has dried.
10. Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray: £9.50 for 50ml, Bumble and Bumble
This cult salt spray has been creating sexily undone beach waves since its much-applauded launch back in 2001. It’s perfect for adding some texture and “oomph” (we’re thinking Kate Moss-style tousle or halo braids) when your hair is a few days past its best.
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